“American Indian and Alaska Native communities are disproportionally affected by climate change, facing high and ever-increasing energy costs and unreliable or nonexistent energy sources,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “The projects selected today will help Tribes build resiliency and stabilize energy costs, while contributing to the Biden-Harris Administration’s broader goal of a net-zero economy by 2050.”
Many American Indian and Alaska Native communities face disproportionately high energy costs, frequent outages, or lack access entirely. These investments will provide local sustainable solutions, reducing costs and reliance of fossil fuels. Specifically, these cost-shared projects, valued at nearly $55 million, are estimated to result in more than 9.6 megawatts of new clean energy generation and over 2,600 megawatt-hours of battery storage, affect over 1,300 Tribal buildings, and save Tribal communities more than $125 million over the life of the systems. This investment will yield tangible benefits year after year to improve the quality of life for underserved communities.
The 13 projects competitively selected for negotiation of award are as follows: